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narrowing Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an instance of becoming narrow
  2. noun a decrease in width
  3. noun the act of making something narrower
  4. verb make or become more narrow or restricted
    narrow; contract.
    • The selection was narrowed
    • The road narrowed
  5. verb define clearly
    nail down; pin down; narrow down; narrow; specify; peg down.
    • I cannot narrow down the rules for this game
  6. verb become more focus on an area of activity or field of study
    specialise; narrow down; specialize; narrow.
    • She specializes in Near Eastern history
  7. verb become tight or as if tight
    constrict; narrow; constringe.
    • Her throat constricted
  8. adjective satellite becoming gradually narrower
    tapered; tapering.
    • long tapering fingers
    • trousers with tapered legs
  9. adjective satellite (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom
    constricting; constrictive.

Nar"row*ing noun
  1. The act of contracting, or of making or becoming less in breadth or extent.
  2. The part of a stocking which is narrowed.

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